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I did not know about the spirituality of Muir so I thoroughly enjoyed learning about it in this book. It proves that the beauty of nature has the capability to touch the soul unlike anything else. I also appreciated Muir’s amazing descriptions of nature around him. I felt as if I was there.
The book gave a good short history of Muir's life and then for the most part posted various lengths of Muir's writings chronologically. Unfortunately, to remain "spiritual" for the Modern Spiritual Series some of Muir's clearly Christian writings were left out or downplayed by the compilation. But the book remains an inspiration nevertheless to Christians who also love the majesty of nature and seek words to describe it to others.
Before reading this book, I had not realized the spiritual depth of John Muir. Tim Flinders traces it from early in Muir's life and creates a spiritual biography. The Introduction and frequent editorial comments place the writings in context and the Timeline is fascinating in itself. I don't ever read very fast, but as I got into this book, I started slowing down, stopping to reflect after a few pages. As I got closer to finishing the book, I actually didn't want it to end.
This is a well written book on the spiritual dimension of environmentalism. I am usually off put by people who claim to love the environment and tell me how to live but have no moral basis for their position and usually themselves do the opposite of what they say. This affirms the role each of us has to be good stewards of creation.